Following a stunning Tokyo Olympics for Great Britain, it looks highly likely that this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year will be an Olympian.

Team GB collected 22 golds, 21 silvers and 22 bronzes, totalling 65 medals overall, to finish a very impressive fourth in the Tokyo 2020 medal table, and there were plenty of stories of incredible individual success during a fortnight to remember.

BBC SPOTY Favourites

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There are two clear favourites for the prize, which is announced in December during BBC's televised annual look back at the year of sport, with diver Tom Daley and cyclist Jason Kenny leading the market at 2/1.

Daley finally got his hands on a gold medal this summer after winning bronze in both the 2012 and 2016 games in London and Rio de Janeiro. Daley was already a household name before Tokyo, but after triumphing in the 10m synchro in Tokyo, to add to the bronze he'd picked up in the 10m platform event, his popularity has soared even higher.

Kenny, meanwhile, is now Britain's most-decorated Olympian ever after yet more stunning success in the velodrome. The 33-year-old has the most Olympic golds for a Brit, with seven, and his nine overall medals is also a record for a British competitor. This year, he won gold in the Keirin and silver in the team sprint, so it's no surprise to see him right in the mix to add the coveted SPOTY accolade to his considerable list of achievements.

BBC SPOTY Betting Odds

Beneath Kenny and Daley in the market comes swimmer Adam Peaty, at 9/1. Peaty picked up the second and third gold medals of his career in Tokyo in the 100m breaststroke and 4x100m mixed medley to add to the gold he'd won five years ago in Rio. The 26-year-old also won silver in the 4x100m medley to ensure his profile is now as high as ever. 

Next in the market is Jason Kenny's wife, Laura, at 11/1. She won gold in the madison at the 2020 Olympics, along with a silver medal from the team pursuit and is the most successful female cyclist in Olympic history and one half of Britain's greatest Olympic partnership.

BBC SPOTY Outside Bet

Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton, who has won SPOTY twice before in 2014 and last year, is available at 12/1, ahead of cyclist Mark Cavendish (14/1) and gymnast Max Whitlock (20/1).

It would be a major shock if one of the aforementioned three were to pick up the award in four months, while England footballer Raheem Sterling, available at 35/1, is also unlikely to be in contention despite his goals for the Three Lions in Euro 2020, which helped Gareth Southgate's side make it all the way to the final in July. 

Peaty's achievements should not be overlooked, though, and he could be considered a lively outsider at 9/1.

BBC SPOTY Prediction

It's tough to separate Daley and Jason Kenny and, despite his greater achievements and more medals, Kenny is arguably not as well known to the casual sporting fan as Daley. The diver's journey to finally winning gold has been well-documented over the past decade, and longer and his back-story also adds to his appeal. Kenny probably should win, but Daley might just pip him.